Links & News 5-20-13

Lots going on here, from peas and strawberries ripening in the garden to bigger excitements. I hope to start including weekend links and news along with my usual blog offerings. Let’s see if I can keep up.

I’m pleased to have an article in the creative education issue of Lilipoh magazine (print only) which will soon be available in Spanish and Chinese editions. And the biggie this week for me, I signed a contract with a small publisher to have a collection of my poetry published. I’m really thrilled about the news, but also feel suddenly shy. Poetry is so personal. Well, not so personal once it’s out in March 2014…

I share a lot of links via my Free Range Learning page on Facebook, but I recognize that plenty of people have better self-control than I do and stay off social media. So here are a few links for you to enjoy. 


A while back I inteviewed Bernie DeKoven for Wired. He’s a game designer, author of books such as Junkyard Sports, and an expert in fun. Really! Check out his site. It’s full of amazing resources and his blog is always inspiring in a fun way.

Make a community sharing device for your front yard, church, or organization. It’s called a Free Things Box.


I read my father’s copy of John Holt’s “Escape From Childhood” when I was a preteen (he was a teachers and had lots of great books). Maybe that’s why I appreciate the post (although not the overstated title), Have American Parents Got It All Backwards by Christine Gross-Loh, author of Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us. My own kids cut with knives, used hammers and nails, and did household chores as preschoolers. They didn’t climb tall trees or ride bikes without helmets, however.

Sara Hamilton writes about growing up without a TV on Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood post. “No, I’m not Amish. No, my parents aren’t hippies or Quakers or Nazis. Yes, I know what a TV is.”

“If students designed their own schools” is a companion video to a great project, one that affirms self-directed learning.


Photojournalist Steve McCurry shares evocative images and quotes on what has to be the best photoblog ever. Check out his recent post on smiles, titled The Universal Language.

The 16th century had it’s own social media where people collected and shared what fascinated them. They were journals called “Commonplace books.” Tom Standage, who is writing a book on the topic, explains in a recent post, How Commonplace books were like Tumblr and Pinterest, that these scrapbooks were a handy way to collect useful information and also a means of self-definition.

What’s fascinating about shared images of crying kids? I don’t know but I rant about it in a post for GeekMom titled Three Reasons To Detest “Why My Son is Crying.”

Learning relies on memory consolidation. For this, contemplative thinking is essential. That provides time to make connections between what’s already understood and new information. If we’re using our minds to collect information we’re not building knowledge. There’s a solution, as this video shows.


Latest photo meme? Human-eating giants. Check out the images on Laughing Squid.

“Ode To Sleep Deprived Parents” sung to the opening chorus of Carmina Burana by Sydney Philharmonia Choir.

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